A JWU education remains transformative — it made me a professional. My primary goal with students is to help them find a career path that will lead them forward in life.”


James Griffin is a Professor in the Food & Beverage Management department at Johnson & Wales University. From 2012-14 he served as President + CEO of the Coolfish division of Slade Gorton & Co.

Prior to joining Slade Gorton, Griffin spent more than two decades with Johnson & Wales University, serving in several senior roles including Associate Provost of the University and vice president and dean of academic affairs of JWU’s Denver Campus.

In addition to his work in higher education Griffin has served as a consultant and owner of several food service related businesses. Griffin teaches courses including FSM4061, FSM3012, FSM3001 and PHIL3040 and serves as a committee member to EdD students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational theory + human resource leadership
  • Educational leadership
  • Learning + assessment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Restaurant operations, management, finance
  • Innovation + new product development
  • Sustainability + environmental ethics

Sample Courses

  • FSM4160: Food & Beverage Strategy + Logistics
  • FSM4061: Advanced Food Service Operations Management
  • FSM3012: Advanced Menu Analysis
  • FSM3001:Food Service Management Systems + Human Resource Applications


  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
    Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF)
    Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF)
    Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education
    Management & Leadership in Education Certificate